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United Way moving closer to campaign goal

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 12/6/2019 8:51:00 PM

Lake Martin Area United Way revealed it’s about 75% of the way closer to its $535,000 campaign goal Friday. The organization has raised $392,754 currently through donations this year. Russell Lands

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Porter, Billie Joe

Opelika-Auburn News

Date: 12/5/2019 9:00:00 PM

December 15, 1929 - December 4, 2019 Billie Joe Porter of Opelika was born to the late Jesse and Martha Holley Porter in Elmore County, Alabama on December 15, 1929 and passed away on December 4, 2019

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OUR VIEW: Possible annexation a good thing

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 12/4/2019 8:52:00 AM

The idea of more lakefront property being developed is a good thing. The fact it would be in the limits of Alexander City is even better. Russell Lands on Lake Martin is asking for Wicker Point to be

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12.5 miles of Lake Martin shoreline to be in new development

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 12/4/2019 8:46:00 AM

Officials with Russell Lands on Lake Martin are planning for the future with a new development. The project will include about 1,500 acres, 12.5 miles of shoreline on Lake Martin and about 450 lots

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Wicker Point could be in Alexander City limits

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 12/3/2019 7:40:00 AM

Alexander City City Council voted 6-0 Monday night to ask the Alabama Legislature to annex the deep water point on Lake Martin. Officials were tight-lipped about what could be coming to the Russell

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• River: Tallapoosa River
• Length: 880 Miles
• Surface Area: 41,150 Acres
• Volume: 1,622,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 2,984 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 41 Feet
• Length: 31 Miles
Lake Martin is a man-made reservoir located in Tallapoosa, Elmore and Coosa counties in Alabama on the Tallapoosa River. It was formed by the construction of Martin Dam on the Tallapoosa River. The Martin Dam powerhouse is used to generate hydroelectric power for the Alabama Power Company. Construction on Martin Dam began in 1923 and was completed in 1926, creating what was at that time the largest man-made body of water in the world. Originally known as Cherokee Bluffs for the geological formation upon which it was built (which erroneously recognized the historic indigenous people of the area), the dam was renamed in 1936 in honor of Thomas Martin, the then-president of Alabama Power Company.

One of the largest man made lakes in the United States, Lake Martin is a popular recreation area for swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, camping, and golfing. The Dixie Sailing Club operates on Lake Martin. Many waterfront neighborhoods and luxury homes are located on Lake Martin. The cities of Alexander City, Dadeville, and Eclectic are nearby.

Lake Martin hosts many events throughout the year, including fishing tournaments, a fireworks show on the Fourth of July, and the Alexander City Jazz Festival, an annual event every June in downtown Alexander City and at the Lake Martin Amphitheatre.

Lake Martin includes many popular attractions, including eagles nest, natural sand beaches, restaurants, camping areas and popular islands. The lake has several landmarks, such as the Kowaliga Bridge, and several marinas, but perhaps the most recognized landmark on the lake is Chimney Rock, a large rock formation that resembles a chimney. Chimney Rock is located several hundred yards away; the formation which most people call Chimney Rock is Acapulco Rock. The area was the Tallapoosa River gorge before Martin Dam was built, and the water is more than 150 feet deep. The spot is visited by thousands of boaters yearly, who park in front of "The Rock" to watch people climb up 60 feet and jump off into the water.

Lake Martin has become a weekend getaway for many of Birmingham, Montgomery and even Atlanta's elite.

Alabama has a lake of a similar name, the Logan Martin Lake on the Coosa River, but Lake Martin and Logan Martin Lake are not part of the same river system.
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